Sacramento – Stephen Curry turned in a third straight double-double as the Warriors remained unbeaten in a 119-107 win over the Sacramento Kings. Almost like 2015-16 again. Just 21 more to go.
3-0, the Warriors are off to their best start as they started with 24 in a row before losing their first since their record-setting 73-win campaign six seasons ago. And it’s been driven by a vintage Curry, who turned in his third double-double attempt with seven rebounds, with 27 points and 10 assists, to help Golden State pull late at the Golden 1 center.
Three games into the season, Curry is only one away from hitting his personal best for consecutive double-doubles. He also became the first Warrior and 69th player in NBA history to give Damien Lee 5,000 career assists on the first half dish.
Third-year guard Jordan Poole provided a scoring spark behind Curry with 22 points, followed by Andrew Wiggins on 17 points (including the clutch, shot in the contest to maintain the Warriors’ fourth quarter lead) and Draymond Green on 14. (plus seven assists and five boards with).
Harrison Barnes’ breakaway dunk at the end of the third quarter ignited the home crowd and could have been a dagger in the dubs. But Curry quickly responded with a step-back 3-pointer that tied the game. He tried again, and missed, but Otto Porter Jr. was on it to clear it for 2 points and the lead, which the Warriors never gave up completely.
Without Curry on the floor, the Warriors fall into another first half hole. When he sat down for his usual second-quarter rest, the Kings turned a tie game into a massive eight-point deficit for Golden State.
Almost an entire quarter was spent between the Warriors’ leads.
But Golden State regained control before halftime.
The Warriors forced more turnover (20-8), often didn’t send Sacramento to the foul line (13 attempts) and turned in their third straight game of at least 50 rebounds (53, matching Sacramento). Nevertheless, the game was still inconclusive until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Kings were virtually invincible off the field for three quarters. He tied for 34 of his first 64 shot attempts (53.1%), which would have been the highest success rate of any Warrior opponent this season, but was limited to 8 of 22 (36.4%) in the final period.
Without Andre Iguodala (pain in left knee), Golden State turned to Gary Peyton II before the bench. Peyton II was almost the victim of a roster cut at the end of the preseason, but when he entered, it made an immediate impact to steal on a breakaway lob from Curry and eliminate a rumble.
Payton finished with 10 points in 17 minutes and dropped a pair of key 3-pointers to defend the Warriors’ lead in the fourth quarter. Lee scored six Warriors with 11 goals in double digits.
- Curry is now the sole owner of the two longest streaks with 3-pointers in NBA history. His first of four triples on Sunday scored 128 straight games, breaking a tie with Kyle Korver for the second-longest streak, behind Curry’s previous 157-game run.